ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7)--
ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7)--It's officially May and that means it is crunch time at the Community School. The 160 students and even more volunteers are hard at work preparing for their annual fundraiser.
"Yes, we are the Strawberry Festival," said Melanie Oldham, a substitute teacher at the Community School. "We are a small school with a big event."
The big event is celebrating its 39th year. The Community School will take over Elmwood Park in Downtown Roanoke once again this weekend for the festival with the juiciest berries in town.
"It's very homegrown. Our shortcakes are homemade. And the strawberries are fresh and freshly sliced. Everything is made right there in front of you," said Liz Johnson, Director of Marketing for the Community School. "That's hard to find these days."
All proceeds go to help with operating costs and tuition at the private school which serves children from preschool to middle school. The Strawberry Festival is their major fundraiser.
"It goes a long way for the school," said Oldham.
They say they're thankful that the region has supported the festival for the past 38 years. They're also thankful for the hundreds of volunteers who spend all of Thursday cutting and prepping the berries.
Johnson estimates more than 2,400 volunteer hours go into making the festival a success.
The Strawberry Festival kicks off this Friday, May 3rd at 10 a.m. and goes until 5:30 p.m. It will pick back up Saturday, May 4th at 10 a.m. and go until 4 p.m.
There is no entry fee. The organizers say it can be helpful to buy a desert ticket online before hand to beat the lines.
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